The Van Woudenberg Dissertation Prize is awarded by the Friends of the KNIR to a researcher who recently obtained his or her PhD and has used a stay at the KNIR in an inspiring way for his or her PhD research. This biennial prize was made possible by a generous bequest from Gerda van Woudenberg, translator and lecturer in Dutch language and literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza. The prize is intended for an exceptional or remarkable dissertation in the field of Italian studies and consists of a cash prize of €2,500, of which €1,000 can be used at will. The rest of the amount (€1,500) is intended to organize a workshop at the KNIR, either on the topic of the dissertation or on further research; all this, of course, in consultation with the staff members of the KNIR.
Dr Anna-Luna Post, winner of the 2022 Van Woudenberg Dissertation Prize for her dissertation Claiming Fame for Galileo: Reputation and Scholarly Credibility in Early Modern Italy, will host the workshop workshop Scholarly Fame and Celebrity. A Transhistorical Perspective at KNIR.